The next general election. Today, I’m somewhere between a Conservative majority of 15 and a Labour one of 45
“And here’s a summary of the claims and counter-claims that Labour and the Conservatives are making about last week’s local election results – and tactical voting v electoral tightening.”
The Retained EU Law Bill. Why was such a mammoth task left so late in the Parliament?
“Making a proper job of repeal was always going to take years of work. Yet the relevant legislation wasn’t even tabled until Liz Truss became Prime Minister. ”
The Palace must remember that a King Charles side-lining MPs never usually ends well
“The King should seek to build the Commons up rather than consider it an embarrassment.”
Five reflections on last Thursday’s local elections
“Turnout is key. It is not necessary to convert Conservative abstainers to Conservatism. The challenge is to convert the Government to Conservatism. But the Prime Minister cannot be blamed for trees being chopped down in Plymouth.”
This coronation, like the one before it, masked a dire national economic picture
“Just as after the Second World War, lockdown has hugely expanded the public’s expectations of the state – but hammered our ability to pay for it.”
In the wake of those local election losses, Sunak needs an agenda to get Britain saving and investing more
“Pressure on living standards is more acceptable if there is a sense that it is a worthwhile goal and we are all in it together.”
Raab’s Bill of Rights is dead and the government he served in is dying. The Tories seem to be preparing for opposition.
“The Conservative Party seems to be allergic to *doing things*, whether that be building houses, securing a cheap and plentiful supply of energy, prosecuting and locking up criminals, or securing our borders.”
We have a positive story to tell on housing. And here’s what Tory backbenchers have agreed with Gove.
Bob Seely MP
“Those of us concerned believed we needed some adjustments to the system; there is currently far too much dependence on greenfield sites.”
Less selfishness, more generosity. Let’s build homes for our young heroes.
Sir Charles Walker MP
“I understand that taking a hostile position can be justified on electoral grounds – just as it is certain that, in the short-term, there are votes (and even Ministerial advancement) to be had in opposing new build.”
Can National Conservatism adapt from America to Britain?
“If it’s really about “focusing on replacing the idea of individual natural rights with one of national identity fused with Christianity”, as one critic put it, are Brits really up for it?”